An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests there longing for the cure.
Vitals: Director: Gore Verbinski. Stars: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth, Ivo Nandi, Adrian Schiller.
2017 -- Germany/USA, CC, MPAA rating: R, 146 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $8.103 million, Fox.Extras: TBA.
John Wick: Chapter Two
Sequel to the 2014 surprise hit. Legendary hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers. After dispatching the bad guys, he discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.
Vitals: Director: Chad Stahelski. Stars: Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Common, Laurence Fishburne, John Leguizamo, Claudia Gerini, Lance Reddick, Riccardo Scamarcio, Tobias Segal.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 122 min., Action Thriller, Box office gross: $90.851
million, Lionsgate.Extras: "RetroWick: Exploring the Unexpected Success of John Wick" featurette, "As Above, So Below: The Underworld of John Wick" featurette, audio commentary with Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski. Blu-ray adds Deleted Scenes, "Training John Wick" featurette, "WICK-vizzed" featurette, "Friends, Confidantes: The Keanu/Chad Partnership" featurette, "Car Fu Ride-Along" featurette, "Chamber Deck: Evolution of a Fight Scene" featurette, "Wick’s Toolbox" featurette, "Kill Count" featurette, "Dog Wick" short.
The LEGO Batman Movie
In this follow-up to the highly successful big-screen "The LEGO Movie," the self-described leading man of that ensemble -- LEGO Batman -- stars in his own big-screen adventure. There are big changes brewing in Gotham City, and if Batman wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
Vitals: Director: Chris McKay. Stars: voices of Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Jenny Slate, Héctor Elizondo, Mariah Carey, Eddie Izzard, Seth Green, Billy Dee Williams, Conan O'Brien, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 104 min., Animated Family Adventure, Box office gross: $173.345 million, Warner.Extras: Original animation shorts: "Dark Hoser, "Batman Is Just Not That Into You," "Cooking With Alfred" and "Movie Sound Effects: How Do They Do That?"; "The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short"; deleted scenes; six featurettes: "One Brick at a Time: Making the LEGO Batman Movie," "Inside Wayne Manor," "Brick by Brick: Making of the LEGO Batman," "Behind the Brick," "Me and My Mini Fig" and "Comic Con Panel"; Rebrick Contest Winners; trailers; "Lego Life" trailer; five social promos; director and cast commentary.
All DVDs are screened on a reference system consisting of a
Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player w/SACD & DVD-Audio, a
Rotel RSX-972 Surround Sound Receiver, and Phase Technology 1.1 (front), 33.1 (center),
and 50 (rear) speakers and Power 10 subwoofer.